3fourths (1561) Boulder, Colorado | January 10, 2005| Updated January 21, 2013
I would not recommend this place. Located in a mall-like block connected to the train line. Itís uber-trendy, looks like it was designed in the 80ís to be futuristic. Dark black everywhere, sharp miami-vice design. Long bar with an inexperienced bartender who had trouble talking about the beer but also had trouble with just about everything else he was doing. The beer is average... they try a few interesting styles but donít make them well. The restaurant is peppered with reminders of all of their GABF awards, but they won all of those pre 1998 and nothing since, so they either used to have a good brewer and they left, or back then there wasnít much good competition at the festivals.
A short walk from the Red Line Trax stop to Trolley Square. Kind of a neat/cute little shopping center, though unfortunately also had a bit of a ghost town feel in certain spots where there were a lot of empty storefronts.
The brewpub is a bit hard to find, but itís there. You go upstairs into the bar and dining room area. I was sort of confused because they sort of seemed to also share a space with another business, but I donít know if thatís actually the case...
Anyway, sat at the bar and tried all their drafts. Beer quality was on the lower end, but some okay offerings.
The service was at least friendly and quick, but the place was sort of vacant and dead...I guess thatís what happens when youíre at a brewpub at 3pm on a Thursday.
Alright stop, but wouldnít go out of my way to come here. But, there is a cool little garden/park just down the street called Gilgal Sculpture Garden that features a lot of interesting statues and sculptures. Theyíre all Mormon themed and thereís a strong religious tone to all the art, but itís interesting...and you can see a depiction of a sphinx with the head of Joseph Smith. Thanks to Bonnie for the heads up on that.
About a mile walk from the Bayou, this feels like you are well out into the burbs as you make your way there. It is inside the Trolley Square shopping center on the second floor. I got there about 10PM when the rest of the square was closed (although the exterior doors were still open), which did have a bit of a ghost town feel about it. Inside the brewpub there was a bit more going on, but still far from busy. I ordered a burrito off the late night menu which was surprisingly tasty, and went through a few 69 cent tasters. Beer was so-so, but the bartender was super cool; we chatted for a while about the vagaries of Utah alcohol laws, it was interesting and informative. Not sure why this place gets so many low reviews; perhaps its a bit different while the mall/square is open.
First visit in 2000 and last in June 2003: This is an odd location in a renovated shopping area. Both times, I was underimpressed by the lack of cleaniness. They have a couple different styles of beer, which is nice. Most of the beers were average at best, but they had an awesome hoppy pale ale.
Nice open atmosphere, good service. Iíve been in here several times during the week and it is always fairly empty, weekends maybe different. They have 8 beers on tap, one nitro and one cask. The food is decent, prices are on the high side for lunch.
Located in a strange mall-like building that was under renovations when I was there, making it nearly impossible to find. Only had two beers while I was here, but I was impressed with the quality of both. Sandwich I had tasted good but was a little bit sloppy. The decor is a bit uninspired., sort of typical brewpub. Good service and I think itís worth a stop if youíre in SLC.
BrewDad (464) Olympia, Washington | July 19, 2007| Updated September 9, 2008
A nice place to start my Great Utah Beer Run Ė Summer 2007
In trolley square the place was in a loft and had some nice food, the beers where at times so so. This was a typical college hangout as you can tell with some good beer prices they just need to brew better beer. The service was nice and the bartender had some beer knowledge and told me about the beer laws of which helps. 1 down 8 to go.
This place is tucked away into a small rustic looking shopping and dining plaza. Iíve been told the food is excellent. Very organic and healthy fare. Iíll have to try some next time Iím able to stop by. They had about six house offerings on tap including one nitro and one cask option. More proof the SLCís craft brew scene is blooming with places like Red Rock, Bayou and Squatters all just a couple minute drive from here.
douglas88 (301) Portland , Oregon | November 19, 2007| Updated August 5, 2008
The brewpub is located inside a sort of mall complex called trolley square. The overall feel is like a restaurant of OK quality. The prices are great, and the food is quite good, with a bunch of healthy stuff. The beer is also above average, especially in the context of Utahís stupid beer laws they do a great job. I like this place a lot. During the week itís pretty damn quite, but weekends are busy.
kinda cool upstairs local in an industrial building in a historic neighborhood. nine house beers available (one was a kristalweiss!!!! very cool).
great service even though the place was packed at lunch. didnít eat but the food looks and smells a lot better than typical fare... as does the entire menu